Up to £1million of European funding is up for grabs to help North East businesses upskill their workers thanks to AIS Connect.

Connect has successfully secured this substantial pot of European money through its collaborative partners Gateshead College in a bid to help local companies train their workforce in essential skills in oil & gas, scaffolding and energy construction industries.

The overall aim of the initiative is to improve business growth and prosperity across the entire North-East region.

Group Head of Partnerships & Strategic Development, Kate Lovelock said: “Skills shortages are a huge issue for employers. By working closely with individual companies, we can develop bespoke training programmes which match their needs. AIS is offering this as part of a wider Training Management Service to ensure we are creating a tailor-made competent and motivated workforce for the future. As well as helping regional companies deliver their own growth plans, this will ultimately help the North-East region as a whole to boost its competitiveness on a global stage.

There is also funding available for those at risk of redundancy if re-training may safeguard their jobs.

“We are urging any business with operations in Tyne & Wear, Durham or Northumberland, which thinks it can benefit from this time limited European funding to give us a call to ask how we can help.”

If you are a company with North East operations and looking to get some funded training – contact Kate Lovelock on; 0191 341 0250 / 07718563486 / kate.lovelock@aisgroup.co.uk